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State Rep. Derrick Smith pleads not guilty

Near West Side state rep says he'll stay in office

04/30/2012 8:04 PM

Derrick Smith, the Near West Side state rep arrested and accused of accepting a bribe earlier this year, pleaded not guilty in federal court on Monday.
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South Loop School's gifted program to be replaced nearby

New location would open in 2013, be two to five miles away

04/26/2012 5:19 PM

South Loop School’s gifted program is definitely getting phased out beginning this fall, but Chicago Public Schools officials announced Wednesday night that the program won’t simply disappear — it’ll be shifted to another nearby school in fall 2013.
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Emanuel picks group to head Pilsen power plant redevelopment

04/25/2012 2:49 PM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has picked a team to organize efforts to clean up and reuse the sites of two coal-fired power plants in Pilsen and Little Village.
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Circle Interchange to be rebuilt

04/25/2012 2:48 PM

The Circle Interchange, the massive network of criss-crossing highway ramps that connect the Eisenhower, Dan Ryan and Kennedy expressways, looks set to undergo a major revamp.
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Nobel summit hits UIC next week

World leaders coming to campus Monday and Tuesday


Summit season is heating up in Chicago, and though most of the attention so far has focused on May's NATO summit, a group of world leaders is coming to the University of Illinois at Chicago's campus in just a few days for more peaceful reasons. Read More...

Near West preservationist Bill Lavicka dies at 67

Preservation pioneer credited with saving dozens of buildings, laying groundwork for Chicago’s preservation movement


Bill Lavicka, the Near West Side preservationist who made it his life’s goal to rehab and preserve dozens of historic homes and buildings around Chicago, has died. He was 67.
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Former University of Oregon president picked to run Field Museum

Field board head cites nominee's 'courage, commitment, and passion' in the face of political pressure


After a six-month search for a new president, the Field Museum has found the right man to run the show: Former University of Oregon president Richard Lariviere.
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Prairie Blocks bankruptcy case to be tossed, for now

Judge preparing to dismiss case on technicality, but implores developers to try again soon


A massive hotel and retail development near McCormick Place in the South Loop is likely to lose a battle in bankruptcy court on a technicality, but plans look good for developers to take a second shot.
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Half of Loop 'L' tracks to be torn up this summer

South, west sections to be shut down frequently on weekends through fall


Commuting around and through downtown is going to get rougher this summer: The CTA is planning to tear up and replace tracks on more than half of the Loop.
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Roosevelt Collection retailers leaked

Owner McCaffery Interests reveals potential businesses in promotional document


Work is underway on the Roosevelt Collection’s new plaza in the center of the development, but the complex’s owner, McCaffery Interests, has been mum on who they’re aiming to fill the surrounding retail space.
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